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Best Motorcycles for Short Riders

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If you’re a shorter rider, finding a good bike for your size is key to enjoying the ride.

If you’re of average height and size, finding a type of motorcycle that will work for you is a fairly easy task. But, if you’re a shorter or taller rider, you’ll have some things to consider when choosing the best bike for you.

First, some of the obvious things come to mind, these include:

However, your search doesn’t have to be limited to bikes that fall into those categories.

Here are some other things to think about when looking for a good motorcycle if you’re a shorter rider:

  • Overall ergonomics and riding position.
  • Position of the handlebars.
  • Position of the foot pegs and controls.
  • Saddle height.
  • Suspension height.

In some cases, you’ll be able to lower the bike by adjusting the suspension or changing the seat. You may also have the option to swap out the handlebars in order to create a more comfortable riding position.

The most important thing to consider is that you’re able to sit on the bike comfortable, reach all the controls properly, and – most importantly – enjoy what you’re riding!

Continue reading to get some suggestions for some good motorcycles to check out if you’re on the shorter side. These picks aren’t based on seat height or weight alone – the overall design and layout of the bike have been considered as well.

Remember, it’s always best to pay a visit to a few motorcycle dealerships to test out and sit on these bikes in person to get a sense of what works best for you.

Motorcycles for Shorter Riders

Ready to start comparing, here are some of our top picks for the best motorcycles for short riders:

  • BMW G 310 R
  • BMW F 750 GS Low
  • Ducati Scrambler
  • Harley Davidson Sportster 883
  • Honda CB300R
  • Honda Rebel 500
  • Honda CTX700
  • Indian Scout
  • Kawasaki Ninja 400
  • Kawasaki W800
  • KTM RC 390
  • Triumph Street Twin
  • Yamaha MT 07
  • Yamaha Bolt

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